BOSTON, July 26 /PRNewswire/ -- First-time voters in the 2004 presidential election remain in play, according to a non-partisan survey among newly registered first-time voters conducted by the Pace University Poll and Rock the Vote between July 8 and July 20.
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The first of these surveys shows only 39% of new voters say the country is headed in the right direction, whereas 50% say it is headed in the wrong direction. In addition, new voters give President George W. Bush a job approval rating of 49%, which is below the threshold political scientists conventionally consider safe for an incumbent.
In a head-to-head race between President Bush and Senator John Kerry, first-time voters back the challenger: 50% for Kerry to 40% for Bush. However, in a three-way race among Bush, Kerry, and Ralph Nader, Bush receives 44%, Kerry 42%, and Nader 6%.
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